Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Future Still in Doubt- Dana White Has an Update

Published 01/16/2021, 5:12 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finally had his much-anticipated meeting with company president Dana White in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The undefeated Dagestani native announced his retirement after finishing Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Fans expected a clear-cut decision on Nurmagomedov‘s behalf to lend clarity on the lightweight division. However, White revealed that the Russian was still in limbo about his fighting future, as the champion has not made it 100% certain if he will ever fight again.

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Conor McGregor will fight Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker will welcome Michael Chandler to the UFC in the co-main event of the highly anticipated UFC 257 card. With two enticing lightweight contests coming up, there is a lot at stake.

Charles Oliveira recently proved his mettle too, with a dominating win over supreme contender Tony ‘El Cucuy‘ Ferguson at UFC 256. So Nurmagomedov has a lot of intriguing options at his disposal, should he decide to continue fighting.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia competes against Dustin Poirier of the United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

White revealed that the champion will keep a close eye on the PPV next week as he wants something exciting on display to lure him back to the Octagon. With so many top 155 pounders on the card that night, ‘The Eagle’ could get his wish and make a return thus granting his fans their deepest wish of seeing him soar once more.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov needs to make a clear decision now

‘The Eagle’ had a tough 2020 considering the loss of his father, but he needs to make a decision for the sake of the division. This will help the UFC book contenders to fight for the vacant title or fight the champion in the coming months.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The eyes of the world will be on the UFC’s top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. Fans will look for any indication he may make regarding his future on January 23rd or the later days. What do you make of Nurmagomedov’s limbo about his fighting future? Let us know in the comments.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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